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Dr. Robert Cooper is executive director of the West Oakland Health Council, a nonprofit organization providing primary care, mental health and substance abuse recovery services at five clinics to residents of Emeryville, southwest Berkeley and north, east and west Oakland.

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Ralph Silber is executive director of the Alameda Health Consortium, an association of eight community health centers based in Alameda County. The consortium works to achieve comprehensive, accessible health care and improved outcomes for everyone in the county through policy, advocacy and program activities. The eight community health centers are Asian Health Services, Axis Community Health, La Clinica de La Raza, LifeLong Medical Care, Native American Health Center, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Tri-City Health Center and West Oakland Health Council.

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Linda Civitello, president and CEO of Breathe California, a Daly City-based organization working to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services. As president and CEO, Civitello utilizes her extensive experience in community service, urban planning and government affairs.

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Lillian Galedo is executive director of Filipinos for Affirmative Action, an organization working to advance social and economic justice and realize democratic and human rights for Filipinos in the East Bay. FAA serves the more than 120,000 Filipinos in the East Bay, focusing on Union City in southern Alameda County, Oakland and Alameda in northern Alameda County, and San Pablo, Hercules and Pinole in west Contra Costa County. FAA focuses its work on the most vulnerable populations, including low- to moderate-income immigrants, newcomers and youth.

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Jo Kerner has had a rich and varied career in the dental field over the past 40 years. Trained as a dental hygienist at the University of California, Berkeley and the UCSF School of Dentistry, she practiced clinical dental hygiene for 25 years before earning a master's degree in values from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She then became an assistant clinical professor in the dental school at UCSF, followed by employment with Aetna Dental Care of California as a manager and chief operating officer of California dental plans.

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Guenet Sebsibe is the field supervisor for the Infectious Disease and Epidemiology/Biostatistics programs at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, she was program manager of cultural and linguistics services for the Alameda Alliance for Health, a nonprofit health plan established in 1996 to provide health care services to more than 94,500 Alameda County residents. The health plan offers most written materials in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese and offers free interpreter services in exam rooms and over the phone. The alliance prefers that patients do not use family or friends to interpret, emphasizing that a family member or friend's most important job is not to serve as an interpreter.

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Boona Cheema is executive director of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, or BOSS, an Alameda County nonprofit organization serving poor people with disabilities and special needs since 1971. BOSS seeks to help homeless, poor and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. As executive director, Cheema has forged partnerships with faith groups, schools, business leaders and service providers, and has worked with equal commitment alongside policy makers and poor and disabled community members.

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Ms. Burgel's teaching focuses on the development of professional advanced practice roles. She also supervises clinical practice for students in occupational health nursing and adult primary care nursing. She also teaches an interdisciplinary course leadership on clinical decision-making in occupational injury and illness.

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Dr. Anthony Iton was named the senior vice president for health communities at The California Endowment in August 2009. Iton oversees the endowment's 10-year, Building Healthy Communities California Living 2.0 initiative. Prior to joining the endowment, Iton served as director of and health officer for the Alameda County Department of Public Health. He had a state-mandated responsibility to protect the county's health and had authority over all medical care and public health for the county. Previously, Iton was director of health and social services for the city of Stamford, Conn.

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